Victory for Madonna as judge halts sale of intimate memorabilia

The judge halted the sale of 22 items set to be auctioned online Wednesday, according to a report by The New York Times.
By Wilson Soto | Jul 20, 2017
A New York Supreme Court judge granted Madonna a temporary injunction Tuesday night stopping the auction of certain items she claims are so extremely personal that she would suffer harm if they were sold.

The judge halted the sale of 22 items set to be auctioned online Wednesday, according to a report by The New York Times. This was after Madonna filed an emergency motion with the court Tuesday, saying she had only recently learned that the property, which she thought she still possessed, was going to be auctioned by GottaHaveRockandRoll.com.

The items, which Madonna described to the court as "extremely private and personally sensitive" included her worn satin underwear, a used hairbrush, photos, a personal checkbook, cassettes of unreleased recordings, and a note from her former boyfriend, Tupac Shakur. The memorabilia was provided to the auction for sale by Darlene Lutz, a longtime member of Madonna's inner circle who reportedly fell out with the singer some years ago.

In her brief to the court, Madonna said she had "never sold, gifted or otherwise transferred title or a possessory interest in any of the Madonna Memorabilia to Ms. Lutz." The singer also claimed she is experiencing "irreparable harm" because of the disclosures "including her, her friend's and former boyfriend's confidential mental thoughts and impressions."

"I understand that my DNA could be extracted from a piece of my hair," Madonna told the judge. "It is outrageous and grossly offensive that my DNA could be auctioned for sale to the general public."

Lawyers for Lutz argued that Madonna's legal action to stop the sale is just a pretext for her "personal vendetta against Ms. Lutz, whom she already has sued once over a decade ago following a personal falling out."

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